A photo of the Kelly Lab Members at the Southern Division APS 2022 Meeting

The Kelly Lab Attends the 2022 Southern Division APS Meeting

The Southern Division of the American Phytopathological Society (APS) is a scientific society that is committed to innovating plant pathology research. The Kelly Lab recently attended the 2022 Southern Division APS Meeting in Chattanooga, TN. This meeting was the 99th annual meeting held by the Southern Division. The students attended a career workshop, presented their research, and were able to meet with other fellow students and post-docs.

a photo of two pieces of Dr. Alan Windham's ornamental disease collection on display

Dr. Alan Windham’s End of the Road World Tour

    For many years, Dr. Alan Windham has provided leadership for educational programs in diseases affecting ornamental plants. Recently, Windham traveled to Knoxville to display his extensive ornamental disease collection to students enrolled in EPP 410, Diseases and Insects of Ornamental Plants. Other students, staff, and faculty that were interested in viewing his collection were also invited. His colleague, Dr. Mark Windham, stated that the “collection is without peer in North America, perhaps the word”. As this was the last time he would be setting up his display for the class, students were appreciative of the opportunity to view such a huge collection.

Portrait Dr. Becky Trout Fryxell

Winter 2022 issue of 𝘖𝘶𝘳 𝘛𝘦𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘴𝘴𝘦𝘦 Mentions Vector Biology

Have you explored the Winter 2022 issue of Our Tennessee? The article, One Health for All, covers many UT faculty members and their contributions to the One Health Initiative, an initiative that focuses on animal and environmental health conditions that impact society. One of their examples featured some of the vector biology work conducted in Dr. Becky Trout Fryxell‘s laboratory. To review the article, visit https://our.tennessee.edu/2022/one-health-for-all/. To read more about Trout Fryxell and the work that her lab does, visit her page at https://epp.tennessee.edu/directory/dr-rebecca-trout-fryxell/.  

A honey bee on the MBP apiary sign

Successful 2021 Tennessee Master Beekeeping Students Receive Apiary Sign

After several delays and supply issues (thank you for your patience!), the Master Beekeeping Program has sent out the first-ever MBP apiary signs to participants who successfully completed the 2021 class. If you earned your certificate, keep your eyes peeled. Those who did not earn a certificate were sent a copy of Beekeeping in TN and should keep their eyes peeled, too! Please note we are planning in-person classes for 2022 and are working with county Extension personnel to coordinate dates and locations. Until then, please hang tight and fill out the Interest Form on our website (tiny.utk.edu/apiculture) so we will know where there is interest and who to contact once the schedule is finalized. Do not be confused by

Portrait of Rufus Akinrinlola

Rufus Akinrinlola Shares Hemp Research with the Cannabis Cultivation & Science Podcast

Ph.D. Candidate Rufus Akinrinlola, whose concentration is in Sustainable Diseases and Integrated Pest Management, was a recent guest on “Cannabis Cultivation & Science”, a KIS Organics’ podcast. This podcast is hosted by Tad Hussey, owner of KIS Organics – a business organization that offers organic farming supplies, natural pesticides, and more. During the podcast, Rufus discussed his research on hemp and recent publication with his mentor, Assistance Professor and Extension Specialist Dr. Zach Hansen, titled “Hemp Fungicide Efficacy Field Trial for Leaf Spot and Powdery Mild”. In recent years, the production of hemp has increased in Tennessee. Rufus stated this increase, as well as his interest in researching biological and organic pesticides, were the primary reasons for conducting a field

Portrait of Katy Smith

Recent Article: Costs of Horn Fly (Diptera: Muscidae) Control for Cow-calf Producers in Tennessee and Texas, 2016

Ph.D. student Katy Smith and Associate Professor Dr. Trout Fryxell collaborated with the Department of Agricultural & Resource Economics and recently published an article titled “Costs of Horn Fly (Diptera: Muscidae) Control for Cow-calf Producers in Tennessee and Texas, 2016” in the Journal of Economic Entomology. Horn flies (Haematobia irritans (L.)) are a common pests of livestock as they feed on the blood of their host 20 to 40 times per day. This article details the economic impact of managing this pest in both Southern states. To read the full article and find out more please visit here.  

Portrait Dr. Pat Parkman

Dr. Pat Parkman Announces Plans for Retirement

Entomology and Plant Pathology Research Assistant Professor Pat Parkman announced that he plans to retire effective December 31, 2021. Dr. Parkman joined the department in November 1996. Since joining EPP, Parkman conducted research on honey bee pests and developed extension materials for beekeepers; wrote several training manuals for the department’s Pesticide Safety Education Program; and served as UTIA’s IPM Coordinator, representing Tennessee in the USDA Southern Region. Parkman stated that one of his greatest achievements was serving as Director of Lindsay Young’s Beneficial Insects Laboratory. Dr. Parkman has served as Director for the last fifteen years. The focus of LYBIL is to mass rear predators of the hemlock wooly adelgid, an invasive and deadly pest of hemlock trees, which was

Dr. Frank Hale and his wife posing for a photo at the 2021 Winter Banquet

Dr. Frank Hale Announces Plans for Retirement

Dr. Frank Hale grew up in Wilmington, Ohio. As the son of a general surgeon and naturalist, it was only “natural” for Frank to pursue science. He began on his entomology journey in the 1970s at the University of Cincinnati after meeting Dr. Tom Wood, an expert in Membracidae (treehoppers). He eventually accompanied Dr. Wood and his former classmate, Dr. Glenn Morris, who studied Tettigoniidae (katydids), to Costa Rica in 1976. During the day, he was learning treehoppers with Dr. Wood while at night, he was learning katydids with Dr. Morris. This is when Dr. Hale recalls he officially caught the “bug” of entomology. Dr. Frank Hale finds Extension entomology to be very gratifying. His co-workers and colleagues have been